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The best weed TV shows you should be watching

Although there’s money and talent behind many weed series, none have been successful (or very good, to be honest).

Mary-Louise Parker played pot-dealing mom, Nancy Botwin, in Weeds.

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    Despite marijuana’s acceptance, there’s one area that’s sorely missing improvement: TV. For the most part, weed TV shows don’t know how to get it right. Like most societal issues, cannabis is a thorny topic, one that seems hard to seamlessly thread into a narrative.

    Netflix has tried to bring weed to the forefront, developing different programs such as “Disjointed” and “Cooking on High.” Although there’s money and talent behind these series, none have been successful (or very good, to be honest), highlighting situations where cannabis is used as a gimmick and a way of gaining views instead of a tool to develop intriguing and relatable storylines.

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    While there’s plenty of room for improvement within the weed TV show landscape, there are shows that have succeeded with amazing results. Interestingly enough, these programs tend to be half-hour comedies, weaving in the political with everyday experiences of people who like to smoke weed.

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    Here are the best cannabis-centric shows to add to your watch-list.

    Mary-Louise Parker played pot-dealing mom, Nancy Botwin, in Weeds.

    Weeds

    “Weeds” is an old show with an already dated premise, but it still works. Nancy Botwin is a mother of two whose husband just passed away and is left with all sorts of debts and challenges. Of course, her next step is to start selling illegal weed to her rich neighbours to earn some extra cash. Developed by Jenji Kohan, who created “Orange is the New Black”, “Weeds” is a comedy that’s also a drama, with different degrees of success per season. Throughout its eight-year run, the show managed to stay innovative and funny, and always featured a complex lead character. It’s also a time capsule of sorts, set during a time when weed was more taboo than it is now, offering glimpses of the present in which we’re living in. It can be streamed on Netflix.

    High Maintenance

    “High Maintenance” is an anthology series bound together by The Guy, a weed delivery man who works in New York. “High Maintenance” is the rare anthology series that’s consistent. Unlike most anthology programs out there that are strung together by a few great episodes and a bunch of filler, “High Maintenance” manages to tell engrossing and human stories that never overstay their welcome and that are particularly rewarding for New Yorkers. Watch “High Maintenance” on HBO.

    FILE: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are BFFs living in New York City in the Comedy Central Series Broad City.

    Broad City

    Another great New York show is “Broad City” which, despite focusing on the messes and adventures of two best friends, is also an ode to weed. In every season, you can reliably find an episode where cannabis facilitates or hinders Abbi’s and Ilana’s adventures, all with hilarious and surprisingly touching results. “Broad City” has many fans and consists of four short seasons of half-hour episodes, making it the perfect binge for any mood. You can stream the full show on Hulu.

    That 70’s Show

    Despite the decades that have passed, “That 70’s Show” remains a weirdly ambitious sitcom. Lasting eight seasons made up of more than 20 episodes each, it’s an iconic show that managed to cultivate a very devoted fan base. “That 70’s Show” follows a group of teen friends and their parents, using a backdrop of the 1970s that informs all story lines, addressing politics, the sexual revolution and weed, all in sneaky PG-13 ways. Watching the show as an adult proves to be a different experience, especially once you realize that the notable circle scenes are made up of friends and sometimes parents, sitting around in a circle smoking weed, as one does. It can be streamed on Netflix.

    FILE: Donald Glover poses with the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Atlanta” during the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on Sept. 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. / Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Photo by / Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

    Although there’s money and talent behind many weed series, none have been successful (or very good, to be honest).